Convention Center/Short North
The reclining behemoth pastel lover of the downtown skyline
Welcomes you to Flytown
Where wood and masonry once sailed through the air
Landing as Irish Broadway homes
This was bohemia
Where art goblins told ribald jokes in certain basements
And gay coffee slingers gossiped about you to your face
You can still find it in the form of tone-deaf buskers, coarse sex shops, gritty entrepreneurs, porcelain figurines of bowling nuns
And eccentric teenagers in furry animal costumes, smoking under the arches
Where did all of this glass come from
That reflects the upscale gallery and boutique patrons in $200 jeans
<<<Downtown • University District/Old North Columbus>>>
Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014.
These pieces were originally used to narrate the photography
exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.